skip to content
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Caution for Sebastien Bassong.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
A cross is delivered by Josh Murphy.
Josh Murphy replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Gareth Barry.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Romelu Lukaku.
Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
Bradley Johnson fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick.
Steven Naismith crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Leroy Fer by James McCarthy results in a free kick.
Kevin Mirallas delivers the ball.
Clearance made by Leighton Baines.
Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
The ball is sent over by Nathan Redmond.
Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
John Stones manages to make a clearance.
Bradley Johnson takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong.
Nathan Redmond has an effort at goal.
Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Gareth Barry fouled by Leroy Fer, the ref awards a free kick.
Steven Naismith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Pienaar.
Steven Whittaker delivers the ball.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Johnny Heitinga coming on for Leon Osman.
The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines.
Leighton Baines produces a cross.
Leon Osman restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick.
Javier Garrido leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Redmond.
Romelu Lukaku is ruled offside.
Seamus Coleman takes the free kick.
Ryan Bennett receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Ryan Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman.
Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Romelu Lukaku results in a free kick.
Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. John Ruddy catches the ball.
Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar.
Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Mirallas produces a cross.
Free kick scored by Kevin Mirallas. Everton 2-0 Norwich.
Ryan Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Garrido on Gareth Barry.
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas.
John Stones restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Javier Garrido.
Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
The official flags Ricky van Wolfswinkel offside.
Seamus Coleman gets a header at goal. John Ruddy blocks the ball.
Header at goal by Leon Osman goes right of the post.
Leighton Baines crosses the ball.
Phil Jagielka has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
The match restarts for the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
Leon Osman takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Leroy Fer gets a block in.
Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal. Blocked by John Stones.
Unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by John Stones results in a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Leighton Baines.
Robert Snodgrass challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Phil Jagielka has a headed effort at goal. Ryan Bennett gets a block in.
Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line.
Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leroy Fer on Romelu Lukaku.
Shot by Seamus Coleman went wide of the right-hand upright.
Kevin Mirallas takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the net.
Leon Osman sends in a cross.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick.
Shot by Leon Osman went wide left of the goal.
Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin Mirallas.
Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Leroy Fer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel has an effort at goal. A parry by Tim Howard prevents the goal.
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines.
Clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
Gareth Barry slots the ball left footed into the goal. Everton 1-0 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Romelu Lukaku.
Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines.
Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded.
Gareth Barry takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Bradley Johnson.
Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
John Stones makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Foul by Gary Hooper on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded.
The ball is delivered by Javier Garrido.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. John Ruddy safely holds on.
Clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
Bradley Johnson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
The match begins.
Martinez coy on top four chances
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes it is too early to determine if his guarantee of bringing Champions League football to Goodison Park can come to fruition this season.
It was back in June at Martinez's unveiling when Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright revealed how the interviewee had won him over with a bold proclamation to elevate the club into Europe's premier cup competition.
That was a feat Martinez's predecessor David Moyes managed just once, in 2005, and a controversial two-legged defeat to Villarreal during the the qualifying stages remains the only Champions League experience Everton fans have sampled.
But, with the landmark of 20 Barclays Premier League fixtures already completed, the Toffees lie just one point and one place outside of the much-coveted top four and supporters are beginning to dream of Martinez's promise becoming a reality in just his first season.
There is no specific target in mind for the manager himself, though, at least not at this stage.
"You always wait until the final third of the season to set the final aim," he said.
"We started well and I feel we have a really good squad of players with terrific talent and a great mentality and we had a good start. But, to talk about aims in the league, you need to wait until you get in to the final nine, 10 games then, depending on the points tally, you can dream of one aim or another.
"We're in a good place but all we need to do now over the next nine (home) games is to get as many points as we can and that will give us the opportunity to fight for one aim or another.
"So far, the football that we've played and the way we've shown the strength in our squad allows you to feel confident every time you go on the pitch, to feel that you can be yourself whoever you got up against. Those two aspects are the most important ones to show in a 10-month competition. I'm really pleased with that."
That strength in the squad has been increasingly evident ever since central-defensive partners Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin succumbed to hamstring injuries.
The onus then fell on experienced Paraguay international Antolin Alcaraz and teenage defender John Stones to fill the voids and while the former is no stranger to Martinez from their time together at Wigan, it is the latter, an ex-Barnsley trainee, who has delighted his boss with his swift progression.
"John impressed so much in pre-season that I saw he was always ready to help the team," said Martinez, who may be without Ross Barkley due to a toe injury.
"He's a young man in age but I think he's ready in terms of the levels that are needed. John has been involved in many games now and, if you look at the games he's been involved in in the Premier League, he's had many diverse experiences playing in different positions and his role is growing.
"The way that he performed against Stoke and against QPR, that only helps his case and he's one of the players that is fighting to earn his starting spot; that's where he is. Believe me, he has an incredible future."
Stones and Alcaraz look set to be in tandem again at home to Norwich on Saturday with Jagielka and Distin's return pencilled in for the trip to West Brom on the following Monday.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy admits his focus will be fully on trying to help keep Norwich in the Premier League as he looks to end the season with a dream place in England's World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old has certainly been give plenty of practice behind a Norwich defence which has leaked 33 league goals this season, including heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool.
However, in recent weeks the Canaries have at least shown some signs of improvement in all-round performances and will look to extend a three-match unbeaten away record when they travel to Everton on Saturday to edge further clear of the battle of survival.
Ruddy missed out on Euro 2012 following a freak finger injury just ahead of the tournament, but hopes things will run much differently this time around as he aims to offer Roy Hodgson experienced back-up to Joe Hart and Ben Foster.
"I would not say it is at the forefront of my mind, as I have a few more pressing (issues) to deal with that the moment with Norwich," Ruddy said.
"Certainly it is an aim, it has to be for any English player in the Premier League is to be to try to break into the World Cup squad, and I am no different.
"The way I have played in the last three years in the Premier League stands me in good stead, as will the way I have been with the squad when I have joined up.
"I have got a little bit of a head start over other people.
"It is obvious Joe Hart and probably Ben Foster will be the first and second choice, if I can get that third spot it will be a dream come true to get a place on that plane to Brazil."
Norwich will have Dutchman Leroy Fer back from a one-match suspension while fellow midfielders Wes Hoolahan and Bradley Johnson also return to the squad after
sitting out last weekend's FA Cup third-round draw with Fulham, as does captain Sebastien Bassong.
© 2004 - 2015 football.co.uk